SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (localmemphis.com) – Southaven Police Chief Steve Pirtle has announced his retirement.
In a Facebook post this weekend, Chief Pirtle said after more than 36 years in law enforcement, he is retiring to spend more time with family. Pirtle says his last day with the department will be June 15th.
Chief Pirtle began his career as a cadet with Horn Lake Police in 1977. He went full-time with Horn Lake in 1979, and graduated the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer’s Training Academy that same year.
Pirtle moved to Soutahven Police in 1982, and graduated from the FBI National Academy in 1994. He became Deputy Chief in 1999, and was appointed Chief in 2016.
Chief Pirtle sent the following statement to Local 24 News:
“I have been very blessed in my 40-year career and it has been an honor to serve the citizens and visitors of Southaven over the past 36 1/2 years. I put my heart and soul into trying to make Southaven a premier department and safest place to live.
I have been fortunate to work beside the brave and dedicated men and women of the SPD, comparably the best in the country, and I thank them for that dedication.
I will miss the officers and residents, but not the long and sometimes difficult hours.
As with any career, there must come an end at some point. After much prayer, this season is coming to an end for me and I look forward to now having the time to experience other opportunities and goals in life that I have not yet been able to, especially time with family.